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|| 4Sight Benchmark Assessments are used to help to prepare students for the reading and math PSSA exams. Assessments are available in paper/pencil and online formats. A member's center web site is available to enter and track student results. || ||
|| Online progress monitoring software for special education. || ||
As members of, Spring Cove School District has access to a complete cyber school curriculum for K-12 students. Access to provides the resources for Spring Cove to serve as a cyber school. Access is available for all Spring Cove teachers to use the technology tools in the regular classroom or for online instruction.
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CD Burners || Each building has several laptops equipped with CD-R drives for recording CDs (Latitude 840 model, CD drive on left side). The desktop lab in The CENTER and the Dell SX280 machines at SCMS (teacher computers) and CHS (110 and 402 labs) can also burn CDs. The computers in rooms 108 and 303 at Central have drives that can read and burn CDs and DVDs. View directions for saving files to a CD. || ||
|| CFF is a PA Dept. of Ed grant designed to transform how teachers teach and students learn by focusing on 21st Century Skills. Many of the CFF resources can be used by all teachers. View the CHS CFF web page for teacher resources and more information. || ||
Cognitive Tutor || Math program used at CHS. (Must be installed on each computer). || ||
Criterion Writing Evaluation ||
Criterion is a Web-based instructional tool that allows students to submit essays for immediate evaluation. The feedback includes the use of grammar, mechanics, style, and organization and development. Student user accounts must be purchased before using the program.
|| || Digital Cameras ||
Each building has several digital cameras that can be borrowed to photograph class activities, projects and special events. || ||
Disk on Key ||
Each building has at least one portable USB storage device. These devices can be used to save and transfer files from one computer to another and are far more reliable than floppy disks. || ||
|| PDE resources for educators including: Big Ideas Search and Unpacking the Anchors, Classrooms for the Future, Communities of Interest, Dynamic Content, Collaborative Areas, Advanced Search Tools, Podcasts / Multi-Media Libraries. || ||
Email || All district employees are provided with an email account. Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Web Access may be used to send and receive email. || ||
**File Storage** || All students and employees are provided with storage space on the SCSD file servers for school use. View more information regarding network drives and file storage procedures. || ||
Health eTools
Health eTools
|| Web portal used to create and implement the district wellness policy. A user account is required to use the site. Check with your school nurse for more information regarding the web site. Submit a request using the IT HELP DESK link on the district web page to request an account. || ||
|| Online program for writing Individualized Education Plans. || ||
|| provides online technology activities for students and teachers to develop skills and integrate technology. This program is available for use by middle school students as part of computer class. || ||
|| Search engine that includes teacher selected online resources organized by readability level and aligned with state standards. Search by timeline, famous person, and image. Each building has a login that students can use. Check with your sysop or submit a request using the IT HELP DESK link on the district web page for more information. || ||
|| OER Commons is a teaching and learning network of shared materials, from K-12 through college, from algebra to zoology, open to everyone. Find college courses or K-12 lesson plans. Search lectures, labs, or syllabi that are open to adapt for your own use. || || Palm Handheld Computers || Central High School has several Palms that can be signed out by teachers and students for classroom and school activity use. Special education teachers received Palms through a SCEF venture grant to use with AIMSweb assessments. Nurses and PE teachers received Palms from Health eTools for Schools. || ||
Performance Pathways
Performance Pathways
|| Performance Tracker can be used to view and analyze PSSA and 4Sight scores. A variety of reports are available to identify student performance based on specific assessment anchors. || ||
|| Web-based tutorial software used to build basic skills, remediate problem areas and to provide enrichment. PLATO was purchased primarily for use with the 21st Century, PSSA remediation, learning support and the Cove at Night programs. || || PowerTeacher || Web-based gradebook program used by teachers to record and report grades. PowerT eacher communicates with PowerSchool to provide teachers with class lists and to record grades and attendance. || ||
|| The POWER library provides access to thousands of full text periodical articles, newspapers, a major encyclopedia, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps, and reference materials. The Access PA POWER Library icon should be available on the desktop of all district computers. || || PowerSchool || Student records management system used for grading and student records. Teachers use PowerTeacher to record and report grades. Parents and students (grades 6-12) have access to view grades through the district home page. || ||
Printers || Network printers are located in each building and can be accessed from any building in the district. View the Hardware Support web page for directions for adding and removing printers. || ||
Project Muse
Project Muse
|| Available from any computer in the district (not available from home), Project Muse provides over 250 scholarly journals from 40 publishers. Introduction to Project MUSE (PDF) Searching and Working with your Results in Project MUSE (PDF) || ||
Projectors || Each building has several projectors that can be connected to a computer, VCR or DVD player. || ||
Reading Counts || Reading Counts is a computer-based reading program that helps to encourage and monitor independent reading. (Must be installed in each computer.) || ||
Scanners || Each building has at least one scanner available for use by teachers and staff members. || ||
|| Reading and math program for K-8 students. || || Technology Reference Guide || Provides a summary of SCSD technology resources and policies. The file opens with Microsoft Publisher and is formatted to print as a booklet. || || Web Page || Web space is provided for use by teachers, administrators and staff members to provide access to school information, news and announcements for students, parents and the community. || ||
**Webinars/Virtual Meetings** || A variety of professional development activities are available for use as webinars (web-based seminar) or virtual meetings. The PDE offers some events for classroom use such as a virtual visit from an author. || ||
Wireless Internet || All buildings are equipped with wireless access points to provide access to the Internet and SCSD network drives. || ||
|| Internet Links selected by Spring Cove Technology Committee || ||
|| More Free Internet Tools for Teachers ||===

21st Century Tools:

Photostory 3

Tools to Get Connected

Visit the links below to get connected and to learn how to best get your students connected. They are listed alphabetically.

  • Animoto - Create and share short movies with just images and audio. Very cool transitions and themes.
  • Bloglines - A Blog aggregator that can contain all your favorite blogs and RSS feeds.
  • - Social bookmarking site that allows you to share your bookmarks with the world.
  • Flickr - Share your photos with the world.
  • Gcast - Record podcasts with your phone.
  • Gizmoz - Create cool cartoons to do your talking for you, or record your own voice!
  • Jing Project - Capture and share images and video from your computer.
  • School Tube - A brand new video site for schools. Uploaded videos are monitored and approved by teachers.
  • Skype - Person-to-person voice over Internet program that lets you chat via text, voice or video.
  • - Create and share slide shows with your favorite pictures and images.
  • SlideShare - Share your slideshows (Power Point and others) with the world!
  • Teacher Tube - Like YouTube, but specifically for teachers and education.
  • Twitter - What are you doing? What are they doing? Find out instantaneously with Twitter!
  • Voice Thread - Add a photo and invite friends to make comments, either with text or voice.
  • Voki - Create an animated version of yourself - very cool for introductions.
  • VuVox - Your visual voice. Create and share slideshows with images, videos, and audio.
  • Wikispaces - Create your very own wiki!


Web 2.0 Bookmarks

Check out the bookmarks from Dianne's Diigo Bookmarks tagged web2.0. It is continually being updated as I add bookmarks tagged with web2.0.

Diannekrause's Favorite Links on web2.0 from Diigo

Organizations & Conferences

  • ISTE - International Society for Technology in Education
  • ITEA - International Technology Education Association
  • PAECT - Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications & Technology
  • PETE & C - Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo & Conference

Diigo - Diigo is a powerful research tool and a knowledge-sharing community. It allows users to highlight any part of a **webpage** and attach sticky notes to specific highlights or to a whole page. These **annotations** can be kept private, shared with a group within Diigo or a special link forwarded to someone else. The name "Diigo" is an abbreviation for "Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff". Diigo beta was listed as one of the top 10 research tools by **CNET** in 2006..

Making Surveys:

SurveyMonkey Enable anyone to create professional online surveys quickly and easily

Free Screen Capture Tools
  • Jing (Getting Started)- Instantly captures and shares images and video….from your computer to anywhere, great for tutorials
  • CamStudio Records screen activity from the Windows desktop into standard AVI movie files.

Snipurl – Take the ugly long URLs and snip them into a snipurl that is short, snippy, secure, memorable and easy to share

New! Create free educational games, activities and diagrams in a Flash!
Host them on your own blog, website or intranet!

Random Name – a simple way of motivating pupils to answer questions

Games Templates – site with predesigned templates of many popular games that can be customized to suit your needs

Podcasts - a collection of digital media files which is distributed over the Internet, often using syndication feeds, for playback on portable media
Audacity Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:
  • Record live audio.
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  • Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
  • Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
  • Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
  • And more!

MAC GarageBand Tutorial
Podbean -provides unmetered bandwidth Free and paid podcast, audio and video blog hosting service.

SlideShare-is the best way to share your presentations with the world. Let your ideas reach a broad audience. Share publicly or privately.
Some of the things you can do on SlideShare
- Embed slideshows into your own blog or website.
- Share slideshows publicly or privately. There are several ways to share privately.
- Synch audio to your slides.
- Market your your event on slideshare.
- Join groups to connect with SlideShare members who share your interests
- Download the original PowerPoint / Pdf file

RSS Feeds - NEW! 8/08/08
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What is RSS?

RSS is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines, and podcasts in a standardized format.[2] An RSS document (which is called a "feed," "web feed,"[3] or "channel") contains either a summary of content from an associated web site or the full text. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with web sites in an automated manner that can be piped into special programs or filtered displays. For a details explanation see:
RSS in Plain English

Microsoft Power Toys for XP - PowerToys are free downloads of additional programs that developers work on after a product has been released. is a free **multiplatform** and **multilingual** **office suite** and an **open-source** project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute.

Learning Essentials for Students and Teachers - more than 117 templates and 38 tutorials developed in collaboration with leading education publishers. Learning Essentials helps you get the most out of your Office applications.

Promethean/Activstudio3 Tool and Site References

Graphic Organizers


Mindomo- a web based mind mapping tool

  • Graphic Web 20 Tutorials - 65 tutorials, references and related resources, which are supposed to help you to create graphics in Web 2.0-look NEW! 6/16/08
Multimedia Presentational Programs

PhotoStory 3
– Use images, slides, text, narration, and music
Windows Movie Maker – Use video, images, slides, text, narration, and music
It will import a number of formats:
  • Video files: .asf, .avi, .wmv
  • Movie files: MPEG1, .mpeg, .mpg, .m1v, .mp2
  • Audio files: .wav, .snd, .au, .aif, .aifc, .aiff
  • Windows Media files: .asf, .wm, .wma, .wmv
  • Still images: .bmp, .jpg, .jpeg, .jpe, .jfif, .gif
  • MP3 format audio: .mp3
  • external image pdf.png Storyboard 3.pdf
MovieMaker only outputs WMV and AVI files which some see as a limitation but file conversion is a fact of life these days.

Microsoft Producer - Use Microsoft Producer 2003 for Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 to capture and synchronize audio, video, slides, and images, then preview and publish a rich media presentation virtually anywhere for viewing in a Web browser
Creative Commons free visual and audio sites (Part of Learning Essentials for Teachers listed above) NEW 6/21/08

Digital Images and Copyright
Image Resizer NEW! 7/30/08
Image Resizer Download

Collaborative Tools

Google Pack- Choose what you want download
Google Docs – Access and create documents from anywhere Almost real time editing.
Google refined search option - In Google you can also use the following threads to get more specific and relevant information
Example: search Civil War view:map or Civil War view:timeline (No Space after view:-----)
Google What's new? 6/10/08

Microsoft Office Live - Microsoft Office Live Workspace beta is your online place to save, access, and share documents and files. Use it to group related information for work, school, or personal projects. No downloads are required – just sign up and go.
Office Live Workspace vs. Google Docs: Feature by Feature Comparison
Scrbl - A free online graffiti tool with sharing capabilities
skrbl now
skrbl now

Zoho – Similar to Google Docs - offers a suite of online web applications geared towards increasing your productivity and offering easy collaboration

Voice Thread - A VoiceThread is an online media album that can hold essentially any type of media (images, documents and videos) and allows people to make comments in 5 different ways - using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (with a webcam) - and share them with anyone they wish. They can even be exported to an Archival Movie for offline use on a DVD or video-enabled MP3 player. A VoiceThread allows group conversations to be collected and shared in one place, from anywhere in the world.
What is Ed Voice Thread - It's a web-based collaborative network that is simple, powerful and safe. Specifically designed for K-12 educators and students, Ed.VoiceThread enables rich collaboration around multimedia in a secure environment. More like a pencil than a software platform, Ed.VoiceThread is a space for creating digital stories and documentaries, practicing language skills, exploring geography and culture, solving math problems, collaborating with other students, or simply finding and honing student voices.

Online File Conversion

Web Site Design NEW 6/10/08

Google Sites - makes creating and sharing a group website easy.
  • Single-click page creation
  • No HTML required
  • Customizable look and feel
  • Settings for accessing and sharing information
  • Free
Weebly - This free clever WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) website building tool for non-techies offers a one-step process for adding content that's already somewhere else on the Web, such as Flickr photos, YouTube videos and Google maps.
Weebly Site Article Review-Time Magazine

New sites and tools to explore 6/10/08

**Easehistory** a rich online environment that supports the learning and teaching of US History. Hundreds of historical videos and photographs are currently available in EASE History
WorldWide Telescope The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a Web 2.0 visualization software environment that enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope—bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world for a seamless exploration of the universe.
Nobel Prize Educational Games